Archie G. Beaubien, 81, who retired in 1967 as chief of the Labor Department's Office of Standards and Technical Services, died Saturday at Arlington Hospital of complications of leukemia.
Mr. Beaubien, who lived in Arlington, was a native of Minneapolis. He began his federal career in the mid-1930s as a district director in Minnesota for the old Works Progress Administration, a federal work relief agency.
In 1943, he joined the old War Manpower Commission here, a predecessor of Labor's Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. He headed the bureau's review and resistration service for 20 years before becoming acting assistant administrator of the Office of Standards and Technical Services in 1963 and later its chief.
In the 1960s, Mr. Beaubien was assigned overseas as a Labor Department consultant to Agency for International Development missions in Venezuela and Bolivia and as an industrial training representative in France, Morocco and Canada. After retiring, he was a consultant to AID for several years. a
He was a member of the U.S. delegation to the International Labor Organization's American States Conference in Buenos Aires in 1961 and a former member of the Safety Training Committee of the National Safety Council's Labor Conference.
Before moving to this area, he worked in Minnesota for the Soo Line Railway, the Associated General Contractors of America and the Minnesota League of Municipalities.
Mr. Beaubien attended Northwestern and Georgetown universities and the University of Minnesota.
In the 1950s, he was chairman of the Falls Church City Charter Commission, a member of the Falls Church Planning Commission and president of the Southwest Falls Church Civic Association. A former scoutmaster, he was involved in Boy Scout activities for more than 20 years.
Mr. Beaubien, who also had worked as a photographer, was a fellow of the National Photographic Society of the National Capital Area and a member of the Photographic Society of America. He was a life member of the American Society of Training Directors and a fourth-degree life member of the Knights of Columbus.
He received a Notable Career Service award from the Labor Department when he retired.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Catherine F., a son, Laurent A., and five grandchildren, all of Arlington.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Leukemia Society of America.